In the first Mel Kiper Jr. mock draft from ESPN Insider, he has the Chicago Bears taking Alabama defensive lineman, Jonathan Allen. This seems like the consensus pick among most mock drafters, with one of the three quarterbacks a close second.
Other options at number three overall for the Bears could be Jamal Adams, the safety from LSU, Ohio State safety Malik Hooker or Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers. Also the other two QBs are still on his board, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. Interestingly enough, Kiper has Kizer falling out of the 1st round in his mock. If this were the case, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a team trade back into the bottom of the first round to take him, thus ensuring the 5th year option on his contract.
But back to Allen, here’s what Kiper said about the Bears taking him.
Allen, who had 22.5 sacks over the past two seasons, could play defensive end or defensive tackle in the NFL. Positional flexibility is a big selling point, and he'd likely play end in the Bears' 3-4 in this scenario. He was one of the best players in college football in 2016. The Bears had a disappointing 2016 season and have needs across the board, including at quarterback, safety and potentially receiver, depending on what happens with free agent Alshon Jeffery.
I’m good with Allen at #3 overall, but I’m also good with 2 or 3 other prospects at that spot.
As we creep closer to the draft things will no doubt change, but for right now, would you be OK if Kiper’s mock fell this way?